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Failure to avoid the following potentially hazardous situations could
result in an accident or collision resulting in death or serious injury.
When installing the GPSMAP 196 in a vehicle, place the unit securely so
that it does not interfere with vehicle operating controls or obstruct the
driver’s view of the road (see diagram).
Do not mount
ﬁeld of vision is
Do not place unsecured on the vehicle dash.
Do not mount in front of an airbag ﬁeld of deployment.
Always operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Do not become distracted by
the GPSMAP 196 while driving, and always be fully aware of all driving
conditions. Minimize the amount of time spent viewing the screen of the
GPSMAP 196 while driving and use voice prompts when possible. Do
not enter destinations, change settings, or access any functions requiring
prolonged use of the unit’s controls while driving. Pull over in a safe and
legal manner before attempting such operations.
When navigating, carefully compare information shown on the
GPSMAP 196 to all available navigation sources, including information
from street signs, visual sightings, and maps. For safety, always resolve any
discrepancies or questions before continuing navigation.
Use the electronic chart in the GPSMAP 196 only to facilitate, not to
replace, the use of authorized government charts. Ofﬁcial government charts
and notices to mariners contain all information needed to navigate safely .
When navigating in an aircraft, use the GPSMAP 196 only as an aid for
VFR navigation. Use obstacle data only as an aid to situational awareness.
WARNING: This product, its packaging, and its components contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive
harm. This Notice is being provided in accordance with California’s Proposition 65. If you have any questions or would like additional information, refer to our
Web site at
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Failure to avoid the following potentially hazardous situations may
result in injury or property damage.
The GPSMAP 196 is designed to provide you with route suggestions. It
does not reﬂect road closures or road conditions, trafﬁc congestion, weather
conditions, or other factors that may affect safety or timing while driving.
Use the GPSMAP 196 only as a navigational aid. Do not attempt to use the
GPSMAP 196 for any purpose requiring precise measurement of direction,
distance, location, or topography. This product should not be used to
determine ground proximity for aircraft navigation.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is operated by the United States
government, which is solely responsible for its accuracy and maintenance.
The government’s system is subject to changes which could affect
the accuracy and performance of all GPS equipment, including the
GPSMAP 196. Although the GPSMAP 196 is a precision navigation device,
any navigation device can be misused or misinterpreted and, therefore,
Map Data Information: One of the goals of Garmin is to provide customers with the most complete and accurate cartography that is available to us at a reasonable
cost. We use a combination of governmental and private data sources, which we identify in product literature and copyright messages shown to the consumer.
Virtually all data sources contain inaccurate or incomplete data to some extent. This is particularly true outside the United States, where complete and accurate
digital data is either not available or prohibitively expensive.
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To resolve problems that cannot be remedied using this guide,
contact Garmin Product Support in the U.S.A. at 800/800.1020 or
Garmin Europe at 44/0870.8501241.
Cleaning the Unit
The GPSMAP 196 is constructed of high quality materials and does
not require user maintenance other than cleaning. Clean the unit
using a cloth dampened with a mild detergent solution and then wipe
dry. Avoid chemical cleaners and solvents that may damage plastic
Storing the GPSMAP 196
Do not store the GPSMAP 196 where prolonged exposure to
temperature extremes can occur (such as in the trunk of a car) as
permanent damage may result. User information, such as waypoints
and routes, is retained in the unit’s memory without the need for
external power. It is always a good practice to back up important
user data by manually recording it or downloading it to a PC
(transferring it to MapSource).
Immersing the Unit in Water
The GPSMAP 196 is waterproof to IEC Standard 60529 IPX7. It can
withstand immersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. Prolonged
submersion can cause damage to the unit. After submersion, be
certain to wipe and air dry the unit before reuse or charging.
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The GPSMAP 196 is an all-in-one, versatile aviation, automotive, and marine navigator-perfect for air, land, or water. This portable GPS
navigator features a built-in basemap, Jeppesen aviation database, U.S. obstacle database, and auto routing to provide you with automatically
generated turn-by-turn directions.
Detachable GPS antenna collapses for storage. Be sure the antenna is up (as shown here) to receive satellite signals. Refer to the Appendix,
page 103, for instructions on removing the antenna.
External power connector under weather cap
Backlit keypad for easy nighttime operation
12-Level gray scale LCD display screen with backlight
Slot for optional data card
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The GPSMAP 196 uses 4 AA batteries, which can be Alkaline,
Lithium, or Ni-Cad. Immediately after installing new
batteries, turn the unit on to ensure that the unit’s power indicator
shows a full charge. Replace all batteries at the same time. Do NOT
mix new and used batteries. Do NOT mix Alkaline batteries with
Lithium or Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries. When installing new
batteries, observe the polarity markings in the case.
NOTE: The GPSMAP 196 saves user data in non-volatile
memory. Data is not lost when the batteries are removed.
To remove the battery lid, turn the D-ring
1/4 turn counterclockwise, and pull away.
To reinstall the battery lid, place the
locking pin into the unit and turn the D-ring 1/4 turn clockwise.
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